Pharyngeal Function and Breathing Pattern during Partial Neuromuscular Block in the Elderly: Effects on Airway Protection.

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Intact pharyngeal function and coordination of breathing and swallowing are essential for airway protection and to avoid respiratory complications. Postoperative pulmonary complications caused by residual effects of neuromuscular-blocking agents occur more frequently in the elderly. Moreover, elderly have altered pharyngeal function which is associated with increased risk of aspiration. The purpose of this study was to evaluate effects of partial neuromuscular block on pharyngeal function, coordination of breathing and swallowing, and airway protection in individuals older than 65 yr.


  • Anna I Hårdemark Cedborg
  • Eva Sundman
  • Katarina Bodén
  • Hanne Witt Hedström
  • Richard Kuylenstierna
  • Olle Ekberg
  • Lars I Eriksson
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  • Anesthesiology and Intensive Care
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)312-325
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Publication categoryResearch